Wednesday, September 06, 2017

September 6, 1981: Fernando Valenzuela pitches 7th shutout in rookie season

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On this day in 1981, Fernando Valenzuela pitched his 7th shutout of the season.   

It was an amazing rookie season for young Valenzuela:   13-7, 2.48 ERA, 11 complete games and 8 shutouts.    It earned him NL Rookie of the Year and Cy Young.

We remind that 1981 was a "strike years" and teams lost about 50 games to the labor stoppage.   He would probably won 20 in a regular season, as he did a couple of times in his career.

Then he beat Houston in the first round, clinched the NL pennant against Montreal and won game 3 against New York in the 1981 post season.

Valenzuela won 173 games and threw a ton of innings for the Dodgers in the 1980's.

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